How To Curl Your Hair using a curling iron


Ever want to create a really cute hairstyle but lacked the basic skills of thermal sculpting? Well ladies and gentlemen, I have created a detailed step-by-step tutorial just for you. Feel free to practice with un-plugged tools, just so you can get the hang of the movements without burning yourself (or your hair, yikes!)

You will need:


1. Curling iron


2. Thermal spray

3. Tiny clips for setting (this is optional, but very effective for a long-lasting curl)
4. brush
5. comb
6. 20-45 mins (depending on skill and hair length/density)

First, you want to work with DRY hair. Always. Al-fucking-ways. Damp hair when heated can BOIL and burn your hair.

Start by sectioning off your hair horizontally. I like to do 5 sections, starting at the top and working my way down. The last section you can just leave loose, since this is where you will start your curling.


OK, so you should now have  sections of hair clipped off and the last section on the bottom free to work on. Wooo! Good for you. (This technique is helpful with most hairstyles, so keep this in your back pocket for another day.)

Next step is to plug in your heating tool. I will explain how to use a curling iron first, so for the flat iron tutorial scroll down.


Turn your curling iron on and to a med-high setting. High is for very brave, very coarse-haired people.  Medium and Med-High are good for our purposes.

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Take your bottom section and run your brush through. Spray your thermal protector now. Hold about 12-18″ away and concentrate on the ends.

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Now, take a small section on the side and, keeping your curling iron vertical, clamp your iron in the middle of your hair section, making sure that the clamp part is on top. You will want to twist your iron away from your face.IMG_0468   IMG_0470IMG_0472

As you turn, you will end up close to your head but with hair still sticking out that has not been curled. This is good. The ends of your hair are the most delicate and do not need to be heated this whole time, where as the hear closest to your head is newer, stronger, and can “take the heat” better. 🙂

Once you have reached the scalp, you will do what I have named the “golf clap” technique. This is when you lightly and quickly open and close the curling iron while the hair is still in it, to release the tension and allow for new hair to pass through. Golf clap your iron while pulling gently to feed through more hair. The process should be like this:


Golf Clap


Golf Clap


Keep it up until you have all the hair wrapped around the iron. By this time you have sufficiently heated all the hair so it does not have to be held for more than 5 seconds. RELEASE!


Want to turn this into a pincurl? I will post a tutorial for that soon!

You will want to repeat this for all sections until you reach the top. For the top, you might want to do horzontal curls. The add volume, so if you don’t want volume, then just repeat the steps all the way through.

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First, take a section on top of your head and decide if you want the hair to roll forward or back. I am going back in this one, but I like to go forwards too.

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You are going to basically do the same thing except you are going straight up with your curl.

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Use your other hand to pinch the ends of your hair and guide the hair as you curl.


feel free to start over or go back to grab extra pieces that didn’t want to fall into line with the rest of the hair.

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Roll up and pin for best results.

Do this all over the top and in the crown for volume.

And remember, practice makes perfect. I have been sing these tools since I was in grade school, so I am very comfortable with the techniques. It will take some time to get the hang of it. Don’t give up! Good luck 🙂

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